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nine·pin

 (nīn′pĭn′)
n.
1. ninepins(used with a sing. or pl. verb) A bowling game in which nine wooden pins are the target.
2. A wooden pin used in the game of ninepins.

ninepins

(ˈnaɪnˌpɪnz)
n
1. (Bowls & Bowling) (functioning as singular) another name for skittles. See skittle2
2. go down like ninepins (of each of a group of people) to become ill very easily and quickly

nine•pins

(ˈnaɪnˌpɪnz)

n.
1. (used with a sing. v.) tenpins played without the head pin.
2. ninepin, a pin used in this game.
[1570–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ninepins - a bowling game that is played by rolling a bowling ball down a bowling alley at a target of nine wooden pinsninepins - a bowling game that is played by rolling a bowling ball down a bowling alley at a target of nine wooden pins
bowling - a game in which balls are rolled at an object or group of objects with the aim of knocking them over or moving them
Translations
لُعْبَة الكُرة والتِّسع قناني
kuželky
keglespil
kugli
keiluspil
kėgliai
ķegļu spēle
dokuz kuka oyunu

ninepins

[ˈnaɪnpɪnz] NPL (= game) → juego m de bolos; (= objects) → bolos mpl
to go down like ninepinscaer como bolos en bolera

ninepins

n (= game)Kegeln nt; to go down like ninepins (fig)wie die Fliegen umfallen (inf)

ninepins

[ˈnaɪnˌpɪnz] nplbirilli mpl
to go down like ninepins → cadere come birilli

ninepins

(ˈnainpinz) noun singular
a form of bowling in which nine bottle-shaped objects are knocked over with a ball. a game of ninepins; Ninepins is a very good game.
References in classic literature ?
On every side the fighting-men of Bekwando went down like ninepins - about half a dozen only sprang forward for a hand-to-hand fight, the remainder, with shrieks of despair, fled back to the shelter of the forest, and not one of them again ever showed a bold front to the white man.
Djimi Traore looked for a while as if he wasn't going to figure at all and all of the sudden the players went down like ninepins again.
On cue the entire family went down like ninepins, with colds, stomach upsets and general malaise.